Two weeks before receiving her master's degree in public affairs (MPA), Karina Virrueta was honored with the 2017 Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student award from the Morgridge Center for Public Service at UW–Madison. Associate Director Hilary Shager nominated Virrueta for her dedication to community-based learning and research.
The interviewers at the Government Accountability Office were extremely impressed by the coursework that is offered at the La Follette School. Specifically, Professor Moynihan’s public management course, as well as Professor Wallace’s statistical analysis course.
My interest in policy stems from the idea that if you would like to see positive change, you need to take informed action.
Before starting La Follette, I did not consider statistics my strong suit; however, I now use it in almost every project I do, and I consider it an absolutely crucial part of any good policy proposal.
Public service is one of the most important ways we can bring about social changes and improve the economic and political state of our country.
Why the La Follette School? UW-Madison is universally known as a strong, reputable institution, and La Follette ranks among the top public affairs programs. Other schools had reputable programs, but I ultimately chose La Follette because of its smaller cohort size and the individual attention and assistance the faculty and administration would provide.